H.O.T.D.I.S.H. Militia (Hand Over The Decision It Should Be Hers)

H.O.T.D.I.S.H provides grants/loans of $50-$100 to WHC abortion clients who are the most in need.

H.O.T.D.I.S.H. and other abortion funds around the nation are groups of people who help women pay for their abortions. 

Nearly all abortion funds are grassroots organizations that work directly with women and families who face barriers to abortion.

Abortion funds are often a woman's only resource to try to raise money to pay for an abortion.

Abortion funds are started by everyday people. People who had abortions and want to ensure all women have a choice regardless of income. Friends, sisters, community members, neighbors.  Some are large groups and some consist of just a few people.

The H.O.T.D.I.S.H. Militia exists to ensure reproductive justice for all women and young people of the Northland whose voices are seldom heard. Funding is almost always very tight and does not cover the great need in our area.  If you would like to donate specifically to help individual women pay for their abortion, please consider a reaccuring donation. Timing is usually of utmost importance, and keeping a little in the fund at all times is essential. 


This is how the story goes…

The HOTDISH Militia was born on the day Paul Wellstone died, October 25, 2002. A mighty powerful group of  individuals had gathered  together  in Superior, WI as part of a two day feminist conference. At the close of the event, both devastated by the loss of the Senator and inspired by what had transpired, several attendees discussed ways to harness the energy in the room.  During the conversation, we agreed that one of the things lacking in the Twin Ports area was visibility around reproductive health (RH) and reproductive  justice (RJ).  That January we held a march to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  It was the first event in 14 years that invited the Northland community to celebrate access to reproductive health care, women’s bodies, and well-being. With temperatures of -25 F outside, around 80 community members walked 6 blocks from the courthouse to the Building for Women (BFW).  With the ever reliable protesters there to greet us, we found our way inside the BFW and  stayed for hours connecting about politics, community and food (always coffee and bars on hand in MN yah!).

In 2003, with Pawlenty newly elected, the Militia decided to create a day long protest and performance art piece to honor the individuals and organizations affected by his severe and sweeping budget cuts. With almost 100 hand-carved gravestones representing those hit hardest by the conservative, anti-choice governor, the civic center front steps and fountain area became a powerful stage. The Militia was then asked to bring the piece to the Capitol lawn for a Fair Trade rally.  The gravestones traveled well and the HOTDISH Militia was now recognized beyond Duluth.

In 2004, the Militia went national AND held it’s first HOTDISH Bake-off.  The fundraiser was designed to engage people in RJ and regional food culture, raise money for women who needed financial support with RH procedures, and assist a group of 100+ people who wanted  to go to Washington DC for the March for Women’s Lives. Hello triumph. Broadcast live on the radio and  with delicious financial success, we filled buses, planes, cars and marched alongside the 1.1 million to make the event the largest in our nation’s his/her/herstory. Now 10 years and nine bake-offs later, the Militia is an established Abortion Fund (member of NNAF- National Network of Abortion Funds) and works to creatively interweave into our RJ advocacy things like Bowl-a-thons and bike rides.

In honor of the folks who have come before us seeking justice, access and well-being for all, the amazing multitude of absolutely radical individuals laying it down everyday for the RJ movement, and the late Paul Wellstone, we do this work.


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